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Mrs. McKeown's Poetry
Mother Goose


Why Bother With Poetry
A Concrete or Shape poem
Free Verse or Unrhymed Poem
A Student's Poem
Stump the Teacher
My Poem
Poetry References
Poet Study - Poems
Poet Study - Biography
Poet Study-Jack Prelutsky
International Poet
Native American Poet
Naoshi Koriyama (extra)
Asian American Poet
Hispanic/Latino Poet
Gary Soto extra
African American Poet
Picture Book
Social Studies
Poem /Sung
Two Groups
Lee Bennett Hopkins
Douglas Florian
Judith Viorst
Jack Prelutsky 2
Jack Prelutsky
Shel Silverstein
Folk Poem
Song Lyrics
Classic Poetry
Mother Goose
Picture Book Poem
Arthur Guiterman

Set a small stool and a bowl of oatmeal (or other cereal) in front of the room. Hang a spider close by. Discuss with the students about nursery rhymes and can they guess which one they are about to hear. Poll the students to see how many have heard Little Miss Muffett after the rhyme has been read.

Little Miss Muffett

Little Miss Muffett
She sat on a tuffett,
Eating of curds and whey;

There came a black spider,
And sat down beside her,
Which frightened Miss Muffett away.


Best Loved Nursery Rhymes and Songs (1974) Publisher-Parents Magazine

Encourage the students to write about their personal experiences with spiders. Once they have done that, write a similar style (nursery rhyme) using the spider as a main focus.